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Gym Devils host Pink meet against Illinois

February 17, 2012


The 25th-ranked Arizona State women’s gymnastics team (4-2, 2-2 Pac-12) returns to action, Sunday, as the Gym Devils host the 18th-ranked Fighting Illini of Illinois (2-4-1, 2-1-1 Big Ten) at 2 p.m. MT, in Wells Fargo Arena.

The Illinois meet will serve as ASU’s Pink Meet of the season. Despite not having pink leos to wear, the Gym Devils, partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, encourage all fans to wear pink to bring awareness to those affected by breast cancer. Prior to the start of the meet, the Sun Devils will honor former ASU men’s gymnastics head coach Don Robinson, who passed away in July at the age of 80.

After recording their first losses of the season last weekend, the Sun Devils look to bounce back against the Big Ten competition Illinois. Ranked 25th for the second-consecutive week, ASU moved up in the event rankings to 17th on beam, 23rd on bars and 27th on vault. Against Utah, the Sun Devils recorded a season-high 49.000 on vault.

The Fighting Illini are averaging a meet score of 194.860 including a season-high score of 195.700 set in a dual meet against Ohio State. The Illini host Michigan State on Friday before traveling out to Tempe for the meet Sunday.